Originally Posted by brien4787
I have always wanted to try linux out....
Is it easy to switch over?
Can I have both XP and Linux on my computer, to try it out before switching?
Does Ubuntu work user friendly like Mac and Windows OS?
How about software? Can I use Photoshop, Itunes, AIM, ect?
Like witeshark said, you can try out a live flavor before installing to see what you prefer... Knoppix
are great distros where you can burn the iso directly to a cd...once that cd is ready, you simply pop in your drive, and you have a ready to go linux distro! It's not too in depth, but it really gives you a taste of what you can do with it... I recommend trying both to see what you prefer... With Ubuntu, you can use the same cd to install on your system as well...
You can indeed have both Linux and XP at the same time... I have ubuntu and XP on my laptop... Just choose which os you want on loading, and you're there...
Ubuntu is, like linux as a whole, very diferent than using Windows or Mac...once you get used to it though, you wonder why you ever used anything else... And if you ever can't figure out how to do something, RTFM!! (Read The F&^#ing Manual! lol) As well, with Ubuntu especially, but with linux as a whole, there are great communities where you can ask a question or find the answers you need...
As for software, for linux there are usually different programs that replace windows versions... Photoshop is replaced by the GIMP, IE by Firefox, AIM (and msn and IRC and ICQ and Yahoo!) by GAIM, and many more... See this link
for a more in depth list of equivalent replacement programs..
Anyways, that turned into a longer post than I meant it to be! lol Hope it helps...